What are stem Cells? What are the real benefits? How do they really help?
Many people are learning the benefits of “stem cells” to treat various conditions.
However, one of the questions we are asked most is what is a stem cell.
In this interactive diagram, you will find a brief explanation of different types of stem cells and some of the applications they are being used for.
Stem cells are a type of cell with the unique ability to turn into any other type of cell in the body.
They are capable of self-renewal and can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. There are several different types of stem cells, each with their own unique properties and potential applications.
These are the five main types of stem cells.
Each type of stem cell has its own unique properties and potential applications. As research continues, scientists are discovering new ways to use stem cells to treat a variety of conditions.
Embryonic Stem Cells:
Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos at the earliest stages of development. They are pluripotent, meaning they can develop into any type of cell in the body. Embryonic stem cells have been used to treat a variety of conditions, including spinal cord injury, diabetes, and heart disease.
Adult Stem Cells:
Adult stem cells are already present in the body and can be found in many different tissues. They are multipotent, meaning they can only become certain types of cells. Adult stem cells are used to treat a variety of conditions, including blood disorders, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells:
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are created by reprogramming adult cells. They are pluripotent, meaning they can become any type of cell in the body. iPS cells are being used to study diseases, develop new therapies, and even create personalized treatments.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells:
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are found in the bone marrow and other tissues. They are multipotent, meaning they can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including bone, cartilage, and fat. MSCs are being used to treat a variety of conditions, including autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and injuries.
Cord Blood Stem Cells:
Cord blood stem cells are derived from the umbilical cord of newborn babies. They are multipotent, meaning they can become a variety of cell types. Cord blood stem cells are being used to treat a variety of conditions, including blood disorders and cancer.